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Postby eearly » Jun 9, 2013 10:51 pm

Hello all!

My girlfriend and I have been interested in getting into caving as a hobby for a while now. Just recently we gave Mammoth's "Wild Cave Tour" a go and LOVED IT. Being healthy young people, avid hikers, etc. we had no issues with the physical aspect. We're looking for an answer and some direction as to how we go about gaining more experience and knowledge to make this a full-time hobby. I've looked into joining a Grotto, and maybe I'm not looking in the right place, but I can't seem to find info on prerequisites for the groups and where to gain valuable caving skills if we don't meet those requirements. We're located near Owensboro, KY and would greatly appreciate any direction we can get! Thanks in advance!

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Re: Kentucky "beginners" looking for the right place to star

Postby Stridergdm » Jun 10, 2013 5:37 am

eearly wrote:Hello all!

My girlfriend and I have been interested in getting into caving as a hobby for a while now. Just recently we gave Mammoth's "Wild Cave Tour" a go and LOVED IT. Being healthy young people, avid hikers, etc. we had no issues with the physical aspect. We're looking for an answer and some direction as to how we go about gaining more experience and knowledge to make this a full-time hobby. I've looked into joining a Grotto, and maybe I'm not looking in the right place, but I can't seem to find info on prerequisites for the groups and where to gain valuable caving skills if we don't meet those requirements. We're located near Owensboro, KY and would greatly appreciate any direction we can get! Thanks in advance!

- eearly :)


Most grottoes tend to require you simply show up and ask questions. I don't know any specifically near you, but I'd be surprised if they were much different.

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Re: Kentucky "beginners" looking for the right place to star

Postby boogercaver71 » Jun 10, 2013 7:42 am

Closest to you is probably Fort Knox Grotto, but I know several cavers in the Louisville Grotto. They are fairly active.
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Re: Kentucky "beginners" looking for the right place to star

Postby cavedad » Jun 10, 2013 11:49 am

Try this link to a grotto near you.

http://www.nssio.org/find_grotto_overview.cfm

If it doesn't work, go to http://www.caves.org/, click "How to Join or Renew" then click on the "Grottos" hyperlink in the Local Grottos paragraph.

Enjoy! You live in a great part of the country for caving.
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Re: Kentucky "beginners" looking for the right place to star

Postby UnderGroundEarth » Jun 10, 2013 12:34 pm

They are probably at least an hour from you, but check out the Green River Grotto near Bowling Green, KY. They are a pretty active group and also offer vertical training for those who want it. Sent Clint an email and he can give you more details.

Green River Grotto
1906 CollegeHeights Blvd#31066
Bowling Green, KY, 42101-1066

Meeting Details:
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1st Monday @ 7:00 p.m. Rm. 402 Env. Sci. & Tech WKU Campus

Contact Information:
(270)745-7077
clinton.barber@wku.edu

Here is a link to their facebook group page: https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/163074340413313/.
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Re: Kentucky "beginners" looking for the right place to star

Postby eearly » Jun 11, 2013 12:27 pm

Wow, thanks everyone for the great direction. Green River Grotto seems like the best bet for us and we'll definitely be trying to get in touch with someone this week. I'm really thrilled with the amount of willing information from joining this forum. You guys are awesome!
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Re: Kentucky "beginners" looking for the right place to star

Postby GroundquestMSA » Jun 11, 2013 3:15 pm

There's also a nice caving event near you very soon. I don't know if you need to be sponsored by an NSS member or what other requirements may exist, but Indiana Cave Capers may be a way to get introduced to some nice nearby caves. You're close to a lot of nice Indiana caving that I've not yet had the chance to experience. Enjoy!
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Re: Kentucky "beginners" looking for the right place to star

Postby Stridergdm » Jun 14, 2013 7:34 am

eearly wrote:Wow, thanks everyone for the great direction. Green River Grotto seems like the best bet for us and we'll definitely be trying to get in touch with someone this week. I'm really thrilled with the amount of willing information from joining this forum. You guys are awesome!


Of course we're awesome. We're cavers! :-)
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Re: Kentucky "beginners" looking for the right place to star

Postby eearly » Jun 17, 2013 6:33 pm

GroundquestMSA wrote:There's also a nice caving event near you very soon. I don't know if you need to be sponsored by an NSS member or what other requirements may exist, but Indiana Cave Capers may be a way to get introduced to some nice nearby caves. You're close to a lot of nice Indiana caving that I've not yet had the chance to experience. Enjoy!


I did take notice to this event. We may be looking further into this. Sounds like a great opportunity if we can get in touch with the right folks.
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Re: Kentucky "beginners" looking for the right place to star

Postby eearly » Jun 17, 2013 6:36 pm

cavedad wrote:Try this link to a grotto near you.

http://www.nssio.org/find_grotto_overview.cfm

If it doesn't work, go to http://www.caves.org/, click "How to Join or Renew" then click on the "Grottos" hyperlink in the Local Grottos paragraph.

Enjoy! You live in a great part of the country for caving.



Thanks, this helps a ton.

And you're right! We'd be crazy not to take advantage of our locale!
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Re: Kentucky "beginners" looking for the right place to star

Postby caver.adam » Jul 29, 2013 1:20 pm

Green River Grotto or the Louisville Grotto will probably be closest to you. They are both pretty active. Currently the Fort Knox Grotto is not active.
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Re: Kentucky "beginners" looking for the right place to star

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Re: Kentucky "beginners" looking for the right place to star

Postby davidrogersbooks » Aug 17, 2013 9:38 am

I highly recommend summer classes at the Cave Research Foundation (http://www.cave-research.org/). They're over for this summer, but they have them every year. They're very beginner-friendly, as one of their missions is to educate the next generation of cavers. I have taken several of the classes, and you'll get to see caves that the public generally has no access to like Salts Cave and Crystal Cave. Instructors like Roger Brucker, Stan Sides, and Art Palmer are goldmines of information and cave lore. In the meantime, you can email them and see if they have anything going on that you're interested in. They may be doing something that doesn't require experience. Good luck!
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Re: Kentucky "beginners" looking for the right place to star

Postby caver.adam » Aug 21, 2013 3:04 pm

The Louisville Grotto is having a beginners meeting on September 25th at 7pm. Address is LVL 1 Hackerspace, 814 e broadway, louisville, Ky. The alley between Shelby and Logan. Park in the ORI lot off of Shelby Street.
https://www.facebook.com/events/494881543929833/

Our normal meetings are the First Wednesday of every month at the Bonaire Library in Louisville.
http://louisville.caves.org/meetings.shtml
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